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From Ground to Air: Coupling Field Measurements with Airborne Remote Sensing Using Autonomous Small Unmanned Air Systems

April 22, 2019
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

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Dr. Ryan Ewing | Associate Professor, Dept. of Geology & Geophysics, Texas A&M University
Dr. Anthony Filippi | Associate Professor, Dept. of Geography, Texas A&M University
Dr. John Valasek | Professor, Dept. of Aerospace Engineering, Texas A&M University







Geospatial Technology Showcase

  • The ability to conduct useful science under the framework of precision agriculture is not only dependent upon the collection of high-quality, usable data on plants, soil, and water, but also upon the type of vehicle on which the sensors are flown, properly tuned sensors, and the way in which the vehicle is flown. Achieving this capability requires the proper matching and integration of air vehicle, sensors, mission design, and image-processing techniques. The approach presented here matches vehicle characteristics to sensor characteristics and employs proper flight planning, mission design, and auto-triggering of the sensor to produce better data quality and improved mosaicking.
  • Autonomous terrain interpretation provides a key advancement for field science. Machine learning models are applied to outcrop geology and future applications of autonomous science by integrating robotic ground operation and UAS are discussed.
  •  Field spectroradiometery is employed to acquire in situ hyperspectral radiance and derived reflectance data for a wide variety of Earth surface material types, which complements airborne and spaceborne remote- sensing data sources.


Contact: Dr. Michael Bishop at michael.bishop@tamu.edu


April 22, 2019
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm


MSC Room 2406A